A little trolling?

We’re going to give Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s not trolling Lightning and Maple Leafs fans by always “liking” Stamkos free-agent Twitter rumors.

Sure, it’s a tad coincidental that he has “accidentally liked” such a similar subject twice, but liking things on Twitter by mistake is actually fairly easy to do (heck, I accidentally follow and unfollow people daily) and what would be the point of Stamkos creating such a stir last week by liking a TSN tweet asking if the Maple Leafs should go after him?

That still doesn’t mean Lightning fans shouldn’t be concerned. It sounds like Stamkos is looking for a new benchmark contract, something the Lightning has so far been unwilling to do. The Lightning, off to a rocky start in defending its Eastern Conference crown and fresh off signing coach Jon Cooper to an extension, has to make sure it can re-sign Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov after this season and Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat after next.

Last year at this time, many people had Mike Babcock earmarked for Toronto as coach. Similarly, many believe Stamkos is destined for Toronto.

Dupuis retires

Best of luck to Original Wild Pascal Dupuis, the very funny winger who decided to retire last week after chest pain forced him to leave a Penguins game.

Dupuis, who missed most of last season because a blood clot traveled to his lung, was terrified when he thought about his family. “If all this was on me, or if I would’ve taken a selfish approach to this, I’d probably still be playing.”